Preparing the perfect Thanksgiving feast usually requires a lot of energy, but you've done enough in 2020 to last five years. Let one of Honolulu's finest restaurants do the work for you.
Whether you're planning to eat in the comfort of your own home or dine-in at a restaurant, many chefs have cooked up special holiday menus with all the classics and then some.
Kick back, relax and indulge courtesy one of our list's eight tasty eateries, so you can have a Turkey Day that's less work but just as delicious.
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5000 Kahala Ave. / Website
Executive chef Jonathan Mizukami brings his Michelin-star experience to the Kahala Resort. It's a special Thanksgiving dinner event with a spread that's out of this world. You can choose from the Grand Tasting Menu or the plant-based Vegetable Tasting Menu. Dishes include smoked tuna and bacon royal, hand-rolled corn agnolotti with truffles and a fall “jardiniere" featuring vegetables from Oprah’s farm. Both menus cost $225 per person with an optional wine-pairing at $80 per person. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 739-8811.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. / Website
Dig in to your Thanksgiving feast at this upscale steakhouse just minutes from Waikiki and the downtown Honolulu district. Morton’s welcomes guests for Thanksgiving specials of steak and lobster oscar. The full a la carte menu remains available with renowned filet mignon, Prime Porterhouse, miso marinated sea bass and red king crab legs. Dessert options include crème brûlée and New York style cheesecake. Be sure to make your reservations soon, as in-house capacity is limited due to social distancing safety measures.
100 Sails Restaurant & Bar
100 Holomoana St. / Website
For a Thanksgiving spread of fresh island cuisine and a focus on high quality ingredients, 100 Sails can't be beat. The Restaurant & Bar, located inside the Prince Waikiki, is offering Thanksgiving To-Go with a meal kit of caesar salad, 16-oz. Boneless freshly roasted turkey, gravy mashed potatoes, homestyle stuffing, grilled local corn and cranberry sauce. Bread pudding is on the menu for a sweet bite after dinner. The $62 Meal kits serve one to two people. They're pre-order only and in limited supply, so be sure to place your order soon.
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383 Kalaimoku Street / Website
This Italian restaurant offers a special three-course, prix-fixe menu centered around local and fresh ingredients. At $85 per person, menu options include a citrus salad with toasted quinoa, persimmon and orange vinaigrette, an autumnal pumpkin soup with cream, roasted fish with mushrooms, grilled lemon asparagus and black peppered almond. Classic roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing is also up for grabs, as is mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy for topping. Round out the meal with a cheese and charcuterie board or a slice of fresh creamy pumpkin pie.
383 Kalaimoku St. / Website
For an exceptional holiday and a modern French twist, eat at La Vie this Thanksgiving. The menu is family style at $119 per person, and it comes with oysters mignonette, beet and endive salad, caramelized foie gras and roasted Maine scallops for appetizers. Choose from mouthwatering main courses including hay smoked turkey with black truffle farcie and a huckleberry jus, brioche stuffed delicata squash, and wild mushroom au gratin with kale, chestnuts and gruyere cheese. This Thanksgiving fest is available to-go, too. You can place your pre order on their website for Thanksgiving day pickup or email email@example.com.
2885 Kalakaua Ave. / Website
TBD Hawaii takes familiar dishes and enhances them with global flavor, and their innovative Thanksigiving sticks true to that philosophy. Options include a charcuterie and cheese board with Lahua honey and flatbread, or a creamy butternut squash veloute with pumpkin seed pesto. For your main meal, choose from the roasted ribeye steak with black pepper sauce, lemon butter lobster and shrimp, or tried-and-true roasted organic turkey with giblet gravy. An array of sides are available family-style, like french beans casserole or green apple and sage stuffing. For dessert, indulge in a slice of pecan pie or vanilla and bourbon ice cream. It's all $79 per person with an additional $49 win pairing on the table.
Photography by: Jay L. Clendenin